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Wireless Leaders Form Special Interest Group

Amimon, Hitachi, Motorola, Samsung Electronics Co., Sharp Corp., and Sony Corp. announced the formation of a special interest group to develop a comprehensive industry standard for multiroom audio, video, and control connectivity using Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) technology.

Amimon, Hitachi, Motorola, Samsung Electronics Co., Sharp Corp., and Sony Corp. announced the formation of a special interest group to develop a comprehensive industry standard for multiroom audio, video, and control connectivity using Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) technology. The group intends to have the new standard completed in 2008.

One of the main ingredients of WHDI is a video modem that operates in the 5 GHz, unlicensed band to allow robust wireless delivery of uncompressed HD video (including 1080p). WHDI provides encrypted HD video delivery through multiple rooms and other potential signal obstructions, such as people and furniture, while maintaining its quality and robustness.

The goal of the special interest group is to enhance the current WHDI technology to enable wireless streaming of uncompressed HD video and audio between consumer electronic devices such as LCD and plasma HDTVs, multimedia projectors, AV receivers, DVD and BD players, set-top boxes, game consoles, and PCs. The interoperable standard aims to ensure that devices manufactured by different vendors will simply and directly connect to each other.

"WHDI technology complements other wireless and wired standards with a new class of connectivity within the home," said Dr. David Lee, the founder of the HDMI standard and a member of Amimon's board of directors. "WHDI's connectivity matrix introduces to consumers new possibilities to enjoy their high-definition entertainment network."

"WHDI delivers the robust performance that wireless connections must have to meet and exceed consumer demands," said Dr. Paul Moroney of Motorola. "This new standard will help ensure optimal video delivery in the home."



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